Bureau of Reclamation




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  • Photo of drought in the southwest United States..

    Bureau of Reclamation awards $8.3 Million to 15 drought resiliency projects

    Bureau of Reclamation Commissioner Brenda Burman announced that Reclamation has awarded $8.3 million to 15 projects in California, New Mexico and Utah for the preparation and response to drought. The types of projects selected increase water management flexibility and water supply reliability. These projects also reduce the need for drought emergency response actions. The funding provided is part of the U.S. Department of the Interior's WaterSMART initiative. Read More  →

  • Photo of a Reclamation biologists collecting quagga mussel, water quality samples, for research of quagga mussel habitat suitability.

    Bureau of Reclamation allocates more than $4 million to combat quagga and zebra mussels in the West

    The Bureau of Reclamation has allocated more than $4 million for federal, state, and tribal projects to prevent, contain, control, and monitor invasive quagga and zebra mussels in the West. Invasive mussels pose challenges for Reclamation and others who manage water. Invasive mussels are prolific breeders and settle on or within water facility infrastructure such as water intakes, gates, diversion screens, hydropower equipment, pumps, pipelines and boats. Infested water and hydropower infrastructure can fail or choke off water transmissions. Read More  →

  • Photo of Link River Diversion Dam.

    Reclamation releases 2018 Klamath Project operations and drought plans

    The Bureau of Reclamation has released two plans for 2018 operations of the Klamath Project. The Operations and Drought plans are based on current reservoir storage and anticipated hydrologic conditions based on the June 1 Natural Resources Conservation Service inflow forecast. The Operations Plan outlines water deliveries during the 2018 spring-summer irrigation season for more than 230,000 irrigated acres on the Klamath Project in southern Oregon and northern California. The Operations Plan also addresses flows required by the 2017 Court Order and the 2013 Biological Opinion on Klamath Project Operations, and is used by agricultural water users, Klamath Basin Tribes and National Wildlife Refuge managers as a planning and informational tool. Read More  →

  • Photo of Canal headworks and stream gauge on it to help monitor flow.

    Bureau of Reclamation announces Fiscal Year 2018 WaterSMART Program Funding Opportunities

    The Bureau of Reclamation has released three funding opportunities for fiscal year 2018, Water and Energy Efficiency Grants, Small-Scale Water Efficiency Projects and Water Marketing Strategy Grants, all of which are part of the Department of the Interior’s WaterSMART program initiative. Read More  →

  • Photo of desal membranes.

    Reclamation makes funding opportunities available for Desalination Construction Projects

    The Bureau of Reclamation has made two funding opportunities available, Desalination Construction Projects under the WIIN Act and Title XVI Water Reclamation and Reuse Projects. Applications are due for both funding opportunities by 4 p.m. MDT on July 27, 2018. Read More  →

  • Matthew Klein operates a UAS for Reclamation during a rock fall analysis at Hoover Dam

    People of Reclamation: Meet Matthew Klein, Professional Engineer

    Reclamation employs a diverse group of subject matter experts and provides employees with opportunities to utilize their skills. Matthew Klein, P.E., Ph. D., is just one of Reclamation’s unique experts. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering with a focus on Civil Engineering, from Walla Walla University. He went on to receive his Master of Science and Ph. D. in Civil Engineering from Rutgers University. Read More  →

  • Bureau of Reclamation launches prize competition seeking improved methods for monitoring pathogens to facilitate water reuse

    The Bureau of Reclamation is launching a new prize competition that is seeking improved methods to sample and monitor for pathogens, specifically viruses, in order to help with indirect and direct reuse of wastewater. Solutions sought through this prize competition must improve on the current state of the technology for virus monitoring. This is stage one of a planned two-stage challenge. Read More  →


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Recreation & Public Use

Reclamation Recreation Map Reclamation Land Use

The public may apply to use Reclamation land, facilities, and waterbodies, and may engage in the use only after proper authorization is received from Reclamation. Use authorizations are not required for permitted public recreational use of recreation areas and facilities open to the public. Read More →


Reclamation Recreation Map Reclamation Recreation Website

Reclamation projects have created a variety of recreation opportunities on the rivers downstream from the dams, including world class whitewater rafting and fishing opportunities. Read More →


Recreation.gov screen shot. Recreation.gov

Recreation.gov helps you discover and book trips at Reclamation facilities and at all of America's public places. Read More →


RWIS Graphic Reclamation Water Information System

RWIS makes water and related data available for easy download and use. Visit the RWIS web site.


Statement of Project Construction Cost and Repayment Statements Are Available from Reclamation

Reclamation has been accumulating construction cost and repayment data since the first reimbursable project began and created the Statement of Project Construction Cost and Repayment (SPCCR) to capture cost and repayment data by project, for internal use only. However, these are now available by request. Read More →



Last Update 6/29/18